The Politics Of Ethinicity In India
The Politics of Ethnicity of India, Nepal & China
ISBN: 978-93-80607-87-0 • 2014 • HB • 352 pp. • ₹ 1350 • $ 79.95 • £ 52.95
ISBN: 978-93-84082-57-4 • 2015 • PB • 352 pp. • ₹ 595 • $ 32.95 • £ 21.95

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The Politics of Ethnicity of India, Nepal and China


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edited by Marine Carrin
Director of Research at Centre d’Anthropologie Sociale, Toulouse
Pralay Kanungo
Professor of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Gérard Toffin
Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

This volume critically reflects on the social, cultural and political processes that have shaped the various ethno-linguistic minorities of India, Nepal and China since the 1950s. By and large, ethnic minorities have emerged as powerful groups in internal politics of most parts of South Asia and the Far East. In an attempt to partly accommodate the political and economic aspirations of some of these ethnic groups, in India, the authorities have created smaller states on the basis of language, culture, and in some cases economic backwardness. In Nepal, ethnic minorities include economically and culturally diverse groups scattered over the country. Inspired by the Indian experiment, the political elite in Nepal is now seeking to institutionalize procedures to fully integrate the adivasis/janajatis as citizens. While India and Nepal largely recognize the emergence of these ethnic minorities as political actors, the Chinese state, ignoring the political demands of its minorities, is focussing on their economic development and their modernization.


Peter B. Andersen • Irène Bellier • Marine Carrin • Kaushik Ghosh • Cecile Guillaume-Pey • Satyakam Joshi • Pralay Kanungo • Thanuja Mummidi • Sajal Nag • Aurélie Névot • Pratyoush Onta • Rapheal Rousseleau • Daniel J. Rycroft • Deepak Thapa • Gérald Toffin

‘The compilation is a must-read for scholars working on ethnic policies in South Asia. It offers an extraordinary collection of intriguing case studies that cover the topics of ‘indigenous’ social politics, development and welfare, anthropology of the state, and the history of ethnography.’

Markus Schleiter, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

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